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I noted recently that A murderer should not be allowed “access to the community” 2 years into his sentence and it seems like a lot of people came to their senses:
Rally in Coquitlam over Schoenborn. Even the murderer had some sanity: Schoenborn withdraws escorted day leaves application.
There is something wrong with our legal system here. As I said previously, I agree that mentally ill people should receive appropriate treatment when they commit a crime that was heavily influenced by their illness. However, I find this case offensive on two fronts. First, I’m not quite sure I agree with finding someone “not criminally responsible” for something as severe as murdering 3 children. I can’t forsee any circumstance where I’d feel comfortable with such a person being out “in the community”. Second, there absolutely has to be some spectrum of severity for cases where someone is found “not criminally responsible”. There is an enormous difference between a case where a sick person isn’t able to control their anger during an argument and attacks someone, but upon receiving proper treatment is able to function normally, versus someone who murders their own 3 kids. There’s always a risk of “re-offending”, and it’s somewhat reasonable to accept that risk for a fist-fight, but definitely not when it’s murdering children.